Jean-Louis Chrétien: A God of Speech and Beauty

Christina M. Gschwandtner

in Postmodern Apologetics?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242740
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242788 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (FUP)

Jean-Louis Chrétien: A God of Speech and Beauty

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Chapter 7 is concerned with Jean-Louis Chrétien’s phenomenology. Chrétien attempts to recover something more originary and more primordial than traditional philosophy, something that escapes its obsession with presence and evidence. In so doing, he draws on biblical texts and poetic sources in order to open up a dimension of experience that is hidden and beyond “normal” experience, something situated at the extremes of experience and thought. He shows how we are always already responding to a prior “call,” whether this is the call of beauty, of other humans, of nature, or even of God. Chrétien opens the path for an exploration of spirituality, of prayer, and of religious experiences of hope and memory. Religious and mystical thought receive new (philosophical) life and justification in Chrétien’s analyses, whether in uncovering a religious dimension of the call-response structure, in analyzing the human voice as a response of praise to the world, or by highlighting the physicality and need for embodiment in religious experience.

Keywords: Chrétien; call; beauty; prayer; hope; voice

Chapter.  9552 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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